Making your dinner table more accessible – great during this pandemic

Hello = everyone:

Each month I will be = responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of the most = commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue = to be asked.

This month, I’d like to = answer the following question:=A0

Making your dinner table more = accessible

By Donna J. = Jodhan



Before you = say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these = thoughts.

You can definitely increase = your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here’s = how.


Take it from me!=A0 I have been an accessibility = awareness=A0 consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help = companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach = hidden consumer markets!


At this time = of the year, we need to ensure that everyone is kept happy at the dinner = table so that they can enjoy dining together.


The thing to = keep in mind when making your dinner table more accessible is = this!

A dinner table can refer to = instances such as dinner tables in the home, dinner tables at a = restaurant, and dinner tables wherever meals are shared by families and = friends.

So here are some tips to = make your dinner tables more accessible to everyone.


You need to = ensure that most dishes on your dinner table can be easily reached by = all diners.=A0

This could be = accomplished by avoiding clutter or by only having the minimal number of = dishes at each stage of the meal.

A = suggestion would be to have your dishes split into stages as = follows:

Group dishes by category = such as appetizers, entr=E9s, and desserts.


Serve soups = and salads in bowls and/or dishes that are easy to handle and those that = help to avoid spills.

Do the same for = dessert.


For entr=E9s, avoid serving meals in plates or bowls = that are too large.=A0

Do the same = for desserts.=A0


Ensure that = there is enough space on your dinner table to accommodate each guest.=A0 =

That is, that each person has enough = elbow room to sit comfortably and to maneuver their = dishes.


Ensure that cutlery is placed so that your guests can = easily find them without too much difficulty.

That is, that you don’t have too many cutlery pieces = on your table at any given time.

A = good suggestion would be to only have cutlery pieces for each stage as = dinner progresses.


Remember = now; access to your dinner table applies when your guests are being = served as well aswhen they are serving themselves at the = table.


Finally, be sure to have enough room for all = guests.=A0

Chairs should not be = crammed around your dinner table.

This is especially so for those who are in = wheelchairs, those with walkers, and those who are vision = impaired.



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